A family affair

Madame Isaac Pereire (top left), with Lady Emma Hamilton (top right) and Evelyn. I've touched upon this before - the history of women who gave their name to some of the finest classic old roses - for example Madam Isaac Pereire, Madam d'Arblay, Madame Pierre Oger, Madame Alfred Carriere. There are hundreds of roses with the…

Variations on a theme – blue & orange

Summer Song with Agapanthus Northern Star Orange and blue, again, though this time the star attraction is another David Austin rose, Summer Song. A rangy plant with arching growth and flowers of a strong burnt orange colour, reminiscent, they say, of a tropical sunset. Sigh.

Guacamole

Hosta Guacamole Of all the hostas that have flowered in recent weeks, this one stands out for being delightfully fragrant, with exceptionally large, lily-like, bright white flower spikes, tinged with lavender, opening over a long period and held high  - 3'/1m above the foliage on strong stems. The foliage has avocado coloured leaves (who would guess?) with…

A new direction for Delphiniums…

Towering spires of white, blue, lavender, purples and pinks, Delphiniums are a quintessential cottage garden plant. But the times, they are a-changing. I saw these at Hampton Court Flower Show and now they are finding their way into the garden centres. Rich salmon-reds in large fat spikes. This one is called Coral Sunset which is…

David Austin Roses II

A second gallery of David Austin Roses. These are all repeat flowering shrubs and so, unlike many of the classic old roses which do their thing in June and then rest for the following 11 months, you can probably find a garden where these will be in bloom, right through until the autumn (and later,…

David Austin Roses

A selection of David Austin roses (one of two galleries today) showcasing a range of colour and flower form. Extending the range of colour typically found in the classic old roses palette is one of the aims of the English rose breeding programme - though there are limits on where this will lead. But there is variety enough…